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January 22, 2008

VI Headliner - Flying Needle Gallery

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Welcome to another VI Headliner featuring our sponsor Flying Needle Gallery. Two statements that come to mind when I think of Flying Needle Gallery, high class and handmade. Provoking luxury Flying Needle Gallery creates products by hand with lavish velvet, soothing silks and comforting cotton.

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Adorn your home with a gorgeous patchwork silk pillows. This one the Autumn V is created in warm hues to accent your home.




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Adorn your bare neck with an Avanti Scarf from Flying Needle Gallery. Each one handmade with velvet to comfort and cuddle you on a cold winter's day, while the hand beaded fringe adds style and elegance to this unique accessory. 






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Shop Eco Friendly at Flying Needle Gallery too, with their line of dinner napkins. Each one created from organic grown and died fabrics.


Head over to Flying Needle Gallery and explore these fine handmade products and many more including kids items, robes & gifts.

January 15, 2008

Last Day to Shop! - Vintage Indie Holiday Gift Guide

Today marks the last day of the Vintage Indie Holiday Gift Guide. It has been a great couple of months and we are so glad that you shopped indie and handmade. Head over to the gift guide for one last chance to take the indie sponsors up on their special offers discounts and more.

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We'd also like to thank our sponsors for sharing our gift guide as well as TypePad for including Vintage Indie in their holiday newsletter.

December 12, 2007

Last Minute Gifts - Specials & Holiday Shipping Deadlines

If you've been to our Holiday Gift Guide, hopefully you've shopped handmade and indie this year, if not there is still time to shop and make holiday delivery!

Check back from now until Sunday December 16th for Steals, Deals & More in this post from the Gift Guide participants & Vintage Indie Sponsors.

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Vintage Indie Featured Sponsor Trace Ellements

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Get a FREE $12 Gift Giveaway* with a Trace Ellements Jewelry purchase (see details on website). Fast turn-around and ship time right up to Christmas and New Years! Go to Trace Ellements on Etsy or for even more at Trace Ellements Website!

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From the Gift Guide Category French Market.

Elegant Musings

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FREE SHIPPING special through Friday, December 14--so take advantage of this savings before the time flies by! Shop will be closed December 15th-26th. Check out the wintry polar bears they are so cute!

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Vintage Indie Sponsor Charming Sam Studio

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Code VINTAGE during checkout for 30% savings
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Great gifts include our Vintage Charm Bracelet
Rare vintage prints to adorn your home.

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From the Gift Guide Category Indie Luxury

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From the Gift Guide Category Stocking Treats & Vintage Indie Sponsor

Daisy Lane Designs

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40% off with the coupon viholiday through Monday 12/17

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Vintage Indie Sponsor Retro Boutiques

Retroboutiques140x60 50% off premade web designs...great Christmas gift for someone who wants to take their business online, as well as custom sites for $150.00 now through 12/31....excluding flash or special effects.

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From the Gift Guide Category The Wee Ones

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December 11, 2007

The Daily Swank - Seasons Greetings

Oh my, when I stumbled upon this shop I was gleaming ear to ear. If you are looking for fantastic and unique holiday cards, tags and more you've got to check out Stacy Winters. Her photography captures vintage objects and transforms them into adorable greetings.

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How adorable are these Oh Deer Cards. Photographs of Vintage Deer, that have been printed on Kodak Professional Endura metallic paper and mounted onto cover weight card stock. Blank inside awaiting your personal seasons greeting.

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Next up, More adorable photography of vintage objects. These vintage angel images are turned into ornaments as they are mounted on a heavier material that has been covered in vintage children's books.

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Lastly, Mr. Snowman hasn't been left out as he's elegantly photographed and turned into the perfect little tags for your gifts.

Head over to Stacy Winters shop, I can't wait to see what she has in store for the new year!

December 10, 2007

The Daily Swank - Vintage Inspired

What a special treat I have for you today. Today's Daily Swank is right up my alley and hopefully yours too. Bari J. is here with their fabulous handbags and accessories and guess what they are all Vintage Inspired Designs for your Modern Life.

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Bari J's specialty is their gorgeous line of bags. Vintage inspired shapes, styles and fabrics are married to create stunning accessories for everyone. Choose from their totes, hobo bags,messenger bags and more. Some are even embellished with vintage or vintage style brooches, buttons & buckles.

I asked  the designer herself what inspired her to create a business solely on the purpose of being "vintage inspired" ?

"I’ve forever loved anything old. I had been making jewelry from vintage buttons and found objects for years and selling to local boutiques, but not very seriously. I started ‘Bari J.’ with handbags. I saw a lot of bags being made from vintage materials which are truly fabulous. But I wanted to have bags that combined the look and feel of vintage fabrics with a slightly modern attitude. Plus, durability is a real concern for me. So, while I don’t use vintage fabric, I look for shapes and new fabrics with an old world feel. All of my fabrics are then professionally backed to give them durability. Each bag has bunches of pockets with specific places for our modern conveniences such as cell phones. In the end, I think I’ve come out with pieces that meet that goal. One person wrote that the bags “translate the line between retro chic and fashion forward.” That’s really what I am going for."

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Even though Bari J's focus is mainly on handbags, I just couldn't pass up showing you these. These are her French Velvet Ribbon Brooches. Aren't they gorgeous! Adorned with timeless jewelry components makes each one, one of a kind. Look how lovely they  look on a Bari J. handbag.

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Head over to Bari J. for a much larger look into their huge hadbag line and gorgeous accessories. Please tell them you saw them on Vintage Indie.

November 20, 2007

The Daily Swank - Patchwork Warmth

Today's Daily Swank continues with my "preparing for winter" I love these brightly colored scarfs.

ShagpileFirst up from Shagpile is their Angie Super Snug Scarf and with matching pin. This one is brightly colored and accented with 1960's fabric.  Who says winter has to be bland and boring?! Head over to Shagpile for great handbags too.





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Next up this is this one of of a kind neckwarmer from Dismantled. It's made from vintage multicolored crazy hexagon fabric and over-sized for extra style. I love the additional handmade flower with buttons! Head over to Dismantled and create a custom order for a special one just for you!

November 17, 2007

Special Weekend Feature

Good Saturday morning! Yep that's right a special shopping report & weekly recap of his weeks specials, contests features and more.

So you thought last night's post was one last look at fall. Well after making my daily morning stop to Etsy to purchase a few gifts myself from this fabulous shop. I couldn't help but share this gorgeous front page treasury with you. I LOVE all of the fabulous fall colors.

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I also wanted to remind you of the Vintage Indie Holiday Gift Guide. It is full of fabulous gifts for everyone and the best part fantastic coupons, savings, and discounts! Head over there now to check out all of the wonderful sponsors.

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A day ago I featured this wonderful shop Vintage Renewal who makes some super swanky vintage furniture into treasures! They are back and with a special offer just for Vintage Indie readers. They are offering 10% off any of their pieces until January 1st 2008. (Mention Vintage Indie) Head over to their website or Etsy shop to take advantage of the savings.

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Vintage Indie's Featured Sponsor Trace Ellements is offering up some holiday cheer with a fabulous holiday special!

Holiday Special!
Get a FREE gift item* when you buy $50 or more of
Trace Ellements Jewelry! (*Gift offer includes one Fan Pull, Bottle Stopper, Book Mark, Key Chain or Zipper Pull only, now through Dec.20, 2007) Please request your FREE gift in the comments line at checkout.
Also enjoy FREE U.S. Shipping for Orders of $50 or more.

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Don't forget to sign up for this super wonderful indie giveaway here on Vintage Indie every month. I'll be announcing what's in the box in Friday's Newsletter! You'll also have a special second chance at entering twice, but you must have signed up once first.

Have fun and thanks for stopping by Vintage Indie today!

Gabreial 

November 09, 2007

VI Headliner - Shy Siren

Shysiren_vintindie_xmas1 VI Headliner Shy Siren is anything but ordinary.Their jewelry line on Etsy focuses on vintage components that are classy, timeless and gorgeous. I'm so excited to have this sponsor with us this month to show off some of their stunning holiday items.

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Talk about chic, these are simply beautiful. These are the Vintage Style Peach Pink Earrings with Antiqued Copper. I love the simplicity of design, but the intricate detail of pairings.

Anything from the Shy Siren shop would make perfect stocking stuffers and most under $20.00. Head over to this sponsors shop for a glimps of fall, a touch of Christmas and a very chic line of jewelry.

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November 08, 2007

The Daily Swank - Flyball Bags

The Daily Swank and a Christmas Wish List. That about sums it up.. ha ha. My Christmas wish list is growing and growing and growing. I'm buying handmade and I've already started with some purchases on Etsy and other indie stores and when they get here, I can't help it I want to keep it all. Today's Daily Swank features a fantastic shop and a bag that I really want (hint hint husband if you are reading).

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This one is the one I want. Isn't it dreamy. I absolutely LOVE the barkcloth applique. I've actually been looking for something like this barkcloth for that trunk I've been meaning to cover and repurpose. If anyone ever comes across this pattern, please let me know!

Anyway, this gorgeous bag is from the Flyball Bags shop. This is the Mustard Sling Sac   two bags in one with vintage barkcloth applique.



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Once again, Flyball Bags truly impresses with their unique style. I love the rustic chic feel of this Tie Clutch Bag. Men's ties combine with the perfect textured Jaquard fabric to create this one of a kind clutch.








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Lastly from this awesome shop and just in time for the holidays is this Vintage Barkcloth Journal. I can't tell you the amount of notebooks I have and how much I actually do write in each one of them. A perfect gift for someone who writes a lot or needs to jot down ideas this journal would make a perfect gift.

Thanks for letting me share another wonderful handmade indie shop with you!

Enjoy!







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November 05, 2007

VI Headliner - FEATURED SPONSOR Trace Ellements

It's Monday again! I hope you've had a fabulous start to your week. It's been busy around here that's for sure. I've just been putting the finishing touches on the Vintage Indie Holiday Gift guide and boy, is it amazing! To start off this week, I'm introducing to you for the first time on Vintage Indie our Featured Sponsor Trace Ellements.

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Trace Ellements brings you one of a kind designs combining semi-precious stones,Chinese and Indian glass beads, crystal, metal and fabric elements and more to bring you the ultimate independently created items.  Not only does this store house many gorgeous jewelry pieces, but also many specialty items as well.



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One of my favorites from Trace Ellements beautiful website is this Amber Looking Glass purse mirror. An elegant addition to any clutch you will be stylish & chic when the time comes for a touch up at any dinner party.




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While your at their website you will want to check out the stunning line Vintage Trace Ellements. This line hosts a whole slew of vintage filigree  and vintage components. I'm in love with this Pouch of Vintage Czech Stonework Filigree Pendant.  It can be worn on either side for a special unique reversible effect.


I hope you will take some time to head over to Trace Ellements and give them a warm welcome from Vintage Indie.





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November 02, 2007

VI Headliner & a Giveaway - Charming Sam Studios

Our new sponsor Charming Sam just launched their gorgeous new website and to celebrate a fabulous giveaway! SEE BELOW FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO ENTER TO WIN THIS AWESOME BOX!

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Charming Sam Studio hosts a plethora of gorgeous original artwork, ephemera & jewelry created by proprietor, artist and jewelery designer Amy Steinberg

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This piece the Folly of Cages is an Original mixed media painting from the "Alice in Paris" series. Just one of the many creative and adventurous creations by Amy.

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For all of you vintage addicts, artists and collectors Charming Sam Studio offers ephemera and vintage paperie like this fun Banana Republic Catalog. They also carry vintage prints, journal pages and more!










Visit the Charming Sam Studio website for their entire collection today! For your chance to win the giveaway mentioned above follow this link and enter your information in the provided form!

HAVE FUN Shopping & Entering!



November 01, 2007

The Daily Swank - Nata Jane

I know, I know some of you don't have the lovely 68 Degree weather where you're at. That's why I'm back with Today's Daily Swank.

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Two words Nata Jane! I love it when I come across something that's vintage inspired and totally indie too. I think you'll warm right up with today's Daily Swank!

Don't you just love this flapper style hat and scarf set. It's just too cute and super swanky. Shop owner Natalie knits each one of her items without a pattern.

Head over to Nata Jane for fabulous knitted items to keep him and you warm for the winter!











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October 30, 2007

Shop Indie - The Blissful is so much more than Bliss...

Hey VI readers! This feature comes with a "need to get your drool cloth ready" warning. I am in love with this shop! They best part it's only about a two hour drive so I'm making plans to head up there in the very near future.

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I'm talking about the gorgeous French Inspired shop The Blissful. This independently owned shop is ran by proprietor Abby Kerr a former high school English teacher. Located in Canton Ohio.







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This store is full of rich-chic and dreamy wares for living in luxury. I literally couldn't choose just any one picture to show you so I hope that you enjoy these.













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After Following The Blissful Blog I get the feeling that every little detail is in place. Customers are in love with the vignettes and the care that is taken to create that special dreamland when you walk through the door.




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Speaking of dreamland I could snuggle up with some apple cinnamon spice tea on that bed!

If you are planning on visiting The Blissful, try to make it there this week November 1st, 2nd & third as they host a special event. A Blissful Unveiling and a French Inspired Noel.


If you go, please take pictures and try not to rub it in to much!

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TORE HOURS: Mon 10-5, Tues 10-5, Wed 10-7, 
          Thurs 10-7, Fri 10-6, Sat 10-5,           Sun Closed

From the North: Take I-77 South to the Everhard Rd/Exit 109. Turn Right on Everhard Rd. Turn Left on Dressler Rd. Turn Right on Fulton Rd. Turn Right immediately into first parking lot entrance.

         

From the South: Take I-77 North to the Fulton Rd/OH-687/Exit 107A. Turn Left on Fulton Rd; continue to follow for 2.4 miles. Just past the light at Dressler Road, turn Right immediately into first parking lot entrance.

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October 29, 2007

Shop Indie - Take the Handmade Pledge

Hey there Vintage Indie readers. Did you take the pledge?

Pledge300x250 I did, The number was actually in the 200's when I signed up, but is well over 2,000 now. What's the handmade pledge you say? The fabulous creators of Etsy teamed up with other fabulous handmade and crafting sources to create this cool system of pledging.

It's simple, all you have to do is leave your name, url (optional, but great for networking), and a quote(optional, but fun) you are simply pledging to buy handmade this season and request that others do the same for you.

Head over to Buy Handmade and have a little fun browsing the others links, quotes and making your pledge to support handmade  goods this holiday season!

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October 23, 2007

VI Headliner - Gallimaufry Arts

Have you been to our sponsor Gallimaufry Arts shops in awhile? Well if not, you need to check out some of the new gorgeous house accessories.

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Perfect for fall festivities and family gatherings these Magnets would make delightful housewarming gifts.






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How about giving one of these gorgeous Tea Tins, filled with some of your favorite teas or a blend of cinnamon sticks, orange peel, clove and a little cardamom for a perfect mulling spice gift.

Head over to the Gallimaufry Arts  website or  the Gallimaufry Etsy shop to find one of these perfect housewarming gifts & more!

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The Daily Swank - Fall Fashion Week - The Pillowcase Dress

Today's Daily Swank shop Sugar Sandwich shares with us her history of the pillowcase dress and brings an adorable collection of fall fashion for the sweet little girl in your life. I think you will fall in love with these adorable dresses.

Sugarsandwich First up from Sugar Sandwich is this adorable Fall Pumpkin Paisley Pillowcase dress. This dress is accompanied with a cute accessory the Scrappy Cat, made from terry cloth and scrappy remnants from dress making. 
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Designer Style Notes:
from Sugar Sandwich owner Katrina

The vintage premise behind the pillow case dress is the idea of the pillowcase dress itself that is vintage. Sewing clothes for children has pulled our family through hard times for generations. My Grandmothers grandmother sewed flour sack and pillowcase dresses, I am simply carrying on that tradition as a way to get by while I raise two children. In their time it was a way of using what you had, and a pillowcase would certainly not lay idly by whilst a "youngin" went without! These days, I have a choice of so many fabrics so I haven't yet used an actual pillowcase, I do however, use what I have and every last bit of it...as you can see by my scrappy dolls!

Sugarsandwich3 Next up from the Sugar Sandwich shop is this perfect pair duo, the Fall Flowers Pillowcase Dress and Matching Scrappy Bear. I just can't get enough of those cute Scrappy creatures. I love how nothing is wasted and your little one will have a special new friend with each purchase. Purchase this outfit today from Sugar Sandwich and get ready for some perfect fall pictures.
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October 19, 2007

Shop Vintage & a SALE! - Brownies Vintage Berkeley, CA

Looking for some super fabulous diggs from the 60's 70's & 80's then check out Brownies Vintage in Berkeley CA. in today's Shop Vintage feature!

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Specializing in Deadstock Vintage Tee's & clothing. As well as accessories and clothing from indie designers. Sounds like a vintage indie shop to me!





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Fly-By-Night-  Fabric Sale

For a limited time at Brownies a Fly-By-Night fabric sale. Only 15 Days October 15th-30th. They've sat up shop right next door to their shop, just to hold it all. About 100 bolts (20 to 150 yards each bolt) selling insanely cheep at .50-$1buck a yard! That sounds like fun!

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Mon-Sat 11-7, Sun 12-5
2001 Milvia St.
Berkeley, CA 94704
(At University Ave.)
(510)548-5955
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 Don't be sad if you can't make it to Brownies in Berkeley. Brownies also has an Etsy shop where they offer some super swanky Tee's and accessories!

Have fun shopping and don't forget to tell them you found them on Vintage Indie!


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The Daily Swank - Autumn Art

Good mornin' lovelies, it's Friday wahoo. Today's Daily Swank is absolutely gorgeous. I'm totally diggin these artists. They highlight autumn in a wonderful way though photography. Sit back drink your latte or tea and please enjoy.

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Stunning aren't they. I could just "fall" into a dreamy state of relaxation thinking about laying under one of these trees. These come artist Thea Coughlin at her Etsy shop Monarch. I love the view finder edge on these, it gives it that perfect vintagy feel.

 








 


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Thea doesn't just stop at amazing photography you can also find her artwork among her gorgeous line of pendants and jewelry. Top photo Take a swing signed photograph  bottom photo Autumn leaves signed photograph All photographs come with FREE shipping to!







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Looking at fall in a whole different light is photographer Emma Ludwig. Her gorgeous fine print photography includes a fall collection that features vintage elements. The first is her Fall Cuttings I love the use of those scissors and and the subtle sepia tones.
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Next is the Fall Thread print. Don't you just love the simplicity and elegance that gorgeous thread colors create. Head over to Emma Lynne on Etsy for these prints, gift cards, tags & more.





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October 18, 2007

The Daily Swank - Autumn Accessories

I am in love with Autumn and all the beautiful and creative creations it brings. Today's Daily Swank is some of my recent favorites. I hope you'll love them to.

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How about a little eye candy for your hair. Surely to grab some attention this Fall Colors Hair Comb is just what you need for a perfect fall chic touch. I love the vintage look of all of the filigree that brings this piece together. Find this dreamy hair comb at Roses Are Red on Etsy!








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October 17, 2007

Shop Indie - Autumn Musings

I think I may have said this before, but it's the little things in life that really make it.  I'm  just in love with this shops name for one Elegant Musings and for two the little offerings were the icing on the cake. Today's Daily Swank brings you some Autumn Musings from this perfect indie shop.Elegantmusings1Elegantmusings3







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Top left is the Squirrels in Scarves Pin in Yellow talk about adorable. Each little squirrel pin is adorned with a piece of vintage ribbon or lace to create a perfect little scarf. Next up, a perfect accompaniment to the squirrels are the sweet hand sewn Curious Acorn Badges from Elegant Musings. Add a touch of autumn to your life with one of these creations or visit Elegant Musings soon for a new line of creatures.


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October 09, 2007

Shop Indie - For a Good Cause

I always like to support a good cause and Vintage Indie Sponsor Tacky Back in Time asked if I could share Etsy for Animals with you . Etsy for Animals is a shop on Etsy where items are donated to be sold and profits donated to the chosen charity of the month. Etsy for Animals has chosen her favorite charity the Town Cats of Ocean City MD this month. Please head over the Etsy for Animals shop for further details on how you can support great causes every month.

Have you heard of Marmalade Pink? Marmalade Pink is a co-operative of online women owned businesses supporting socially conscious shopping. A group of fabulous women who also donate to a worthy cause every year. Each year 5% of member dues are donated to a selected charity twice a year. They have chosen the ALS Association (also known as Lou Gehrig's) to recieve their first donation of $250.00 for the July to December time period.

This is only a tiny glimpse into the world independent shops who give from their hearts and who support many causes. Thank you for letting me share these two with you today.

Gabreial

October 01, 2007

Shop Indie - Roses & Teacups

There's just something special about having the perfect vessel to enjoy your cup of tea. You create this few minutes of peace all for yourself beginning with the water and ending with the cup. Start something new, bring your special vessel to your favorite chair or room in your home, take time out from the rigors of everyday life. Fill your teacup with something warm and comforting. Just a few minutes out of the day brings restoration and relaxation to begin, end or a pause during the day.

At Roses & Teacups they offer many gorgeous vessels to start this new routine as well as a very nice selection if you are still looking for a teacup for your swap partner.

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Teacups don't always have to be flowers and frill. This Bird Chintz on Blue Teacup and Saucer is perfect for a daily teatime sip in your library. I love the birds and the soothing blues of the teacup and saucer background.









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Although it doesn't always have to be flowers and frill.. a little doesn't hurt. Especially if you love roses, pinks and pretty florals. Roses & Teacups offers many varieties of teacups including this Pink Newport Rose Teacup & Saucer for the garden lover at heart.






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You could always invite a friend for tea and with this Tea for Two set you'll have everything you need to relax with a friend. This Royal Albert Old Country Roses set comes with two teacups and a teapot perfectly designed to nest all together. This would make a fabulous gift!








Stop by Roses & Teacups today this is only a tiny glimpse of what they offer. You can find many other wonderful tea time accessories, vessels, and so much more.

 

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July 25, 2007

VINTAGE Crafty Goodness Treasury!

Hey everyone! In spirit of Vintage Crafty Goodness week on Vintage Indie I was able to snag and Etsy Treasury! If you haven't ever shopped this way its a lot of fun! You go to the Etsy home site click on Treasury and find user compiled list of many different themes.

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Here is a sneak peek of the VINTAGE Crafty Goodness list I just created! I'll be changing the items throughout the 2 days that it's available. Have fun shopping!










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July 23, 2007

Trashion Trunk Show!

It's going to be an amazing week on Vintage Indie. This weeks focus is on all things crafty & creative with vintage finds. In my earlier post I mentioned turning an old trunk into something functional, making it lively and new again. I'm excited to announce I'm not the only one who is excited about turning old into new & trash in to treasure.

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Introducing Trashion! This group of over 70 artists world wide specializes in turning another persons trash into treasure. This Etsy Street Team is about visualizing beauty in unconventional objects and materials. They fabricate art, jewelry, fashion and objects for the home. How awesome is this group!  This group is busy at work getting ready for their Trunk Show to be held at the Etsy Labs in NY THIS Friday July 27th. Mark you calendar to shop from 6-8pm.

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Don't live in NY like me and can't make it to the show? Check out this link for a list of participating sellers who are having a 15% off sale in their shops this week as a pre-trunk show!

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June 07, 2007

Stephanie Barr Indie Fundraiser/ Raffle - Win AMAZING Prizes!

If you read our blog often, you know already that I've joined the team at Wickedly Chic as writer for the Beautify Me column. With this comes an amazing team of caring women and devoted readers. Today is the first I've heard of a fundraiser that Wickedly Chic is sponsoring. Below is an exerpt from a message I just  recieved for Stepahie Barr.

"Stephanie is the daughter of a devoted Wickedly Chic reader & Stephanie has been diagnosed with malignant peritoneal mesothelioma which is caused by asbestos exposure. This cancer is extremely rare and there are only 4 doctors in the U.S. that are able to treat this condition. Stephanie is being treated by Dr. Robert Taub in NYC & she has to travel to NYC for the treatment. Even with health insurance, there is still a large amount for her family to pay along with all of the expenses that occur from her going back and forth from Texas to New York for treatment. Stephanie arrived in New York this week and had a successful surgery yesterday to have the port for the chemotherapy implanted. Unfortunately, the surgeon found some more tumors and these have been removed for now."

What can you do to help?
Wickedly Chic as well as some other amazing indiependent companies have teamed up with Jaycee Danielle to organize a fundraiser to help this family offset their costs.
All you need to do is spend 5 bucks for a raffle ticket for one of the amazing prizes.  Out of the HUGE list of gifts there are  7 Wickedly Chic gift sets each valued at $250.00 full of amazing products & items. All you need to do is stop by the Stephanie Fund Raffle Page purchase a ticket by June 30th. 100% off all proceedes go to Stepanie Barr.

Thank you for support!

Wickedly Chic
Jaycee Danielle
PURCHASE TICKETS

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June 04, 2007

Shop Indie - Wickedly Chic Beautify Me

Want more of my reviews?
Find them at the Beautify Me column on Wickedly Chic. This fantastic website brings you the best product, fashion and independent recommendations from Indie designers around the globe. Liz Nonnemacher Wickedly Chic's editor is also the writer for  the Fresh and Chic, Wicked Love and Indie of the Week columns.

Below is my Bio/Mug Shot! Click to see the official link to view more about the team at Wickedly Chic!


Gabreial Wyatt
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Corporate woman turned mom and then entrepreneur, Gabreial Wyatt of (Vintage Body Spa, LLC) missed her frequent trips to the day spa. She sat out to find the best ingredients for at home spa rituals and found herself in love with the new wave of independent bath and body companies. With products full of rich ingredients and tempting aromas, she brings the best of the best to Wickedly Chic readers in the Beautify Me column. From luscious lotions to scrubbie goodness, each product is reviewed thoroughly to bring you the ultimate at home beauty care. Contact Gabreial at [email protected]

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June 03, 2007

Shop Indie - Strawberry Couture

The sweet smell of strawberries in the spring reminds me of one of my favorite childhood memories. My cousin and I woke up early when the dew was still fresh on the ground and picked a bushel full of strawberries from a friends garden. There is nothing like the smell of strawberries on the vine,freshly picked and sliced up on warm pancakes.

  In my search of the next Shop Indie feature I discovered some sweet strawberry goodies that really sparked my memory. Strawberries are not only a juicy treat but they are showing up in this seasons fashions. Check out what I found from these indie designers.

Strawberrysojourncuriosities From Sojourn Curiosities Etsy shop is this adorable Strawberry Day Ring. This ring is brought to you by vintage buttons, copper, bead and glass components. Sojourn Curiosities brings wearable journeys of the mind, body & soul.  One of my favorite things about this ring is it's story. From the designer "Sweet strawberries and cream sit atop a white farm table, timeworn curtains sway in the breeze. Just beyond the window, pale white flowers dot twining, vining tendrils and sunlight dappled children laugh and play..." Stop by Sojourn Curiosities shop and find your self back in time with a collection of beautiful and imaginative jewelry.


Strawberrycarolinableu My journey of Strawberry Couture didn't stop at jewlery, but I found myself staring at this Strawberry Fields Apron. This apron comes from one of my favorite Etsy shop's Carolina Bleu. The creativity doesn't stop there at Carolina Bleu, as they have a wide range of other vintage aprons and goodies.














Strawberrydaintydaisies2_2Last feature is this adorable Vintage Strawberries Baby Doll Top. Just in time for summer Dainty Daisies created this hand stitched shirt, that is so much fun. Created from striped vintage fabrics and adorned with a sweet strawberry applique. This is a one of a kind top, so hurry before it's gone! Looking for other unique clothing Dainty Daisies has a lot more to offer!












Indulge in Sweet Strawberry Couture!


Gabreial Wyatt

Vintage Body Spa, LLC

 

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May 28, 2007

Shop Indie - Plush Pillow Accents

After venturing out and buying my very first sewing machine, it looks as if those accent pillows I wanted to make are a little farther into the future than I had visioned. I haven't given up on sewing, I think now my problem is finding the time to practice. Either way I have gained a huge amount of respect for all of those sewing divas out there. In between practicing and summer maybe I'll eventually get some plush pillow accents ready for fall or holidays. If you are like me and have high hopes for sewing, but just haven't found the time, I've found some great indie made vintage style pillows that will do more than just accent.

Vintage pillows are so neat. Whether their made from some leftover scraps from a sewing project a loved one made or from an old vintage table cloth it seams each one tells a story. I found some fantastic examples. Check out our first feature from dottieangel's Etsy shop.  These Nora Retro cushions are make using a vintage "retro" style table cloth, then accented accented with lace. These would look beautiful on a front porch swing.

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Next I landed on strawberryhil on Etsy. This adorable shop is filled with vintage plushies. Including this fantastic Flying in Ivy pillow. This pillow made from a vintage tea towel is darling with it's cute red rick-rack trim. I just love it!  Pillowstraberryhilivy












I also love this pillow Catch of the Day made of a vintage fish market place mat also by strawberryhil.Pillowstrawberryhil_2











Lastly on our plush accent hunt is shop ninispins and this completely hand sewn Blue and Grey Sky Patchwork Pillow. This soft fluffy pillow is stuffed to perfection and the color combo is a perfect blend vintage fabric blues.
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Indulge in indie plush accents and support the hand made community with one of these fantastic finds for your home.

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May 19, 2007

Shop Indie Weekend Special - A Vintage Summer Treasury on Etsy

I just had to share this beautiful compilation of fantastic vintage finds all from Etsy. If you haven't had a chance to shop through a treasury, it's a lot of fun and interesting to see how others pull things together. I chose the title A Vintage Summer because of my love of all things vintage and because there are so many beautiful diverse items on Etsy for that title. You better hurry because these fab finds won't last long!

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May 17, 2007

Shop Indie - Sun Dresses with Vintage Style

Nothing says summer like putting on a pair of your favorite pumps or flops and throwing on a super cute summer dress. Summer Dresses are easy to spice up or tone down and available in a plethora of styles & colors. Our favorite of course is vintage style handmade dresses with vintage fabrics. Check out what we found.


From Etsy.com we found two fantastic shops. The first is LaMadeleine, she offers custom made to order dresses like this vintage Swing Halter Dress ($45.00) You send your measurements, color choices and any other detail and you have your very own swanky custom dress delivered right to your doorstep. If you don't like this design she offers others to choose from. 

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Next we found SWANclothing from Etsy.com as well, she creates many dresses of this style that are one of a kind, using vintage thrifted fabrics & new elastic components. This Empire Striped Roses ($110.00) dress is our favorite in her shop with it's ultra feminine feel.

 

 

 


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Last but not least is a new favorite vintage find, Adore Vintage. This shop is full of fantastic womens & men's apparel, accessories and vintage treasures! You have to  hurry though most of these fab vintage finds are one of a kind or very limited quantities.
First up is this super adorable 1980's Bubble Gum Sun Dress!($48.00).


 

 

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Or why not dress up your summer style a little with this 1970's Rosy Gypsy Dress from Adore VintageThis would look great with black flats or pumps and at ($58.00).

 





 


 


Indulge in something pretty this summer with these indie designed and vintage classic styles!

Enjoy,

Gabreial
Vintage Body Spa

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May 15, 2007

Sping Bag Thing GiveAway Winner!

We are so excited to announce the WINNER of the Spring Bag Thing 2007 is Vanessa from Surrey BC! Congratulations Vanessa a fantastic indie bag is on it's way to you!


Vanessa said "That is so great... I love the bags at SammiBag™! The guide was a great
showing of the variety that is available as well"

Thank you to everyone who participated and supported the indie handbag designer community! Thanks to all of our designers who let us display their fabulous work & especially to SammiBag™ for sponsoring our first handbag giveaway! .

May 04, 2007

Shop Indie - Spring Bag Thing 2007 Guide

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A special thanks to Stephanie from indie babies & Sammi Bags for sponsoring the give-a-way!! To Enter  to win one SammiBag Simply Comment on THIS post. Must have a valid email address to enter. Giveaway begins 5:00pmEST May 4,2007 Ends Mother's Day May 13th 6:00pmEST. Just in time for a little something extra! (Items will be shipped after the contest date) Winner will be posted on our blog.

 

 

I don't know if you are like me, but the only accessory I've been carrying around for the last five years is sippy cups, diapers, and snackies. Now that my youngest is two it seems like I'm really starting to miss viva glam and pretty things that make me feel like a woman. Hence the handbag guide!

 

    Ever since Karen from Simply June sent me the beautiful Nataliya bag I decided it's time to share the love of independent designed handbags. Below is only very small portion of simply exquisite design and craftsmanship in the line of handmade handbags from around the globe!

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The possibilities are endless as these fabric designed bags come in many shapes sizes and styles to suit your personality.

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Beatrice  : $49.00        justinamaria                                                 

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Ribbed Envelope Purse: $50.00 McIntosh

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    Peppermint Twist : $52.00   mintworkshop                                               

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    Summer in the City : $58.00 Spirited Style

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           Spring Time Floral : $45.00

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These over sized bags hold everything you need and more. Made from hand carved/hand cut leather and specialty fabrics.

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   giallo tote bag : $55.00      DrikaB                                         

                                                                        

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La TURISTA  BUENA : $175.00   Feral Empire    

 

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    Ivana Geometric Hobo : $95.00  Sewlutions by AMO                           

            
                                                          

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Saturday Eleven-Thirty : $75.00   Kaleel Design

Accents

Choose one of these snazzy clutches or solid color bags to create the perfect accent to any outfit!

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Simili Leather Cute Ruffle Clutch : $12.00   Dactylo                                                                  

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Blushing Envy : $40.00     Olilo

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Small Gray Check Print : $90.00  Becky OH                                          

                                                                           

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Ava Lemon : Approx $78.00 USD.    Emma Gordon London



 

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These classy addition dress up any casual style an make perfect evening accessory.


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  Circles Clutch : $22.00      The Devils Cloth                                              

 

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     THE ALEXIS CLUTCH : $38.00  ao3designs

 

 

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Cocoa Stiletto : $45.00     Simply June   

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Black with Silver : ray-min

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Twiggy : $40.00  Hollyhawk

 

A special thanks to Stephanie Szabo for help with the Spring Bag Thing, find her work at her Etsy shop!

Another special thanks to Stephanie from indie babies & SammiBags for sponsoring the give-a-way!! To Enter to win one Sammi  Bag, Simply Comment on THIS post. Must have a valid email address to enter. Giveaway begins 5:00pmEST May 4,2007 Ends Mother's Day May 13th 6:00pmEST. Just in time for a little something extra! (Items will be shipped after the contest date) Winner will be posted on our blog.

The give-a-way is now closed.


 

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May 01, 2007

Exclusive Vintage Body Spa™ Gift Sets at Wren Eleven!

Vintage Body Spa has teamed up with indie shop Wren Eleven to bring you some super luxurious exclusive gift sets! Wren Eleven is a super classy shop that supports indie artists and designers where they "Redefine the Art of Living & Giving".   They offer a fantastic line of art, paper goods, accessories, gifts & more on top of top notch customer service. You won't find this gift set at any other shop. It's elegant reusable hat box is filled with three of our best selling products. These have just been released, just in time for the ultimate mother's day gift! Stop by Wren Eleven's shop and buy up a bunch of indie goodies for your mother, daughter sister & friends!

Indulge Your Body!

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April 27, 2007

Shop Indie - "Vintage Style" Aprons

As a work at home mom of two boys I wear many hats in one day. One of my most favorites is my chef's hat. I don't really wear a hat, but with two boys and a husband you get the idea. The kitchen is one of my most favorite rooms to be in. I love entertaining, creating new recipes, and a lot of joy comes from bringing something nutritional and delicious to my family's table. Did I mention I'm a really messy cook?  I love it though my oldest son puts on his little apron, we get our hands involved and bake up some goodies. 

When I decided to write about aprons I had no idea how huge the love for aprons was. My aprons consist of white,off white and denim. How boring! When I started my research for this topic I found myself wanting to buy every single one of them.   There are so many talented designers, sewing geniuses  and collectors it was so hard to choose from. I have a couple of great ones for you to choose from! I say throw out your boring old apron and put on a little something special!

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I love this apron from Sunda Rose on etsy. The Burst of Summer Shabby Chef Apron is made up of beautiful fabrics and details. This would make a great mothers day gift at $36.00






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I love this Sunshine apron from Made By Tess. It's cheerful bright colors get you ready for spring vegetables and out door grilling with it's half apron style. $35.00






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The simple but elegant look of this style apron would be perfect for entertaining. The Desperate But Very French Housewife apron is 100% cotton and at $17.50 it's very affordable! Find this apron any many other fabric choices at Momo's Retro Fashions on Etsy.






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What about something for your little helper? I couldn't resist bringing nana Company to your attention. This "Come Play in My Garden" apron is absolutely adorable at $14.50



These are just a few of many great handmade aprons out there! Stop by these shops, show your support for indie shopping and put a little something special on the next time your in the kitchen!

Enjoy


Gabreial

Vintage Body Spa, LLC

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April 23, 2007

Shop Indie - Vintage Inspired Paper Finds

Talk about love at first sight. My paper addiction is about to get way out of hand. There is just something about paper that has that vintage old feel to it. It's like finding an old love letter in your grandma's attic. It draws you closer to investigate it's past. When I look at these shops I get that same feeling as I look at each handmade paper treasure. What creates that feeling for you?  Here are a few shops to get you started on your hunt.

If you like Vintage Chic, Etsy shop Hilary Whitney Designs is full of paper goodies for you. One of my personal favorites from her shop is her Paris Merci Thank you cards. Each is hand created with that old age feel and adorned with many embellishments. Hilarywhitney1_2

After browsing her shop, you may find it hard to choose between all of the wonderful goodies. No problem, at this shop they have unique themed samplers full of assorted goodies to coordinate with it's theme. How fun are those! Hilarywhitney2_3



Next on my vintage papery road trip is a stop at Etsy Papered Together. All of her items are created using a vintage platen press. My favorite is this adorable card. Not only is it handmade but it's created using a vintage style measuring cup to portray it's theme, "How much I miss you".

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I'm always amazed by different artists styles.
To me this card is so simple, but with it's use of a vintage press and it's darling images it creates a richness I love!



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If you just can't get enough of vintage style papery, then why not get a monthly Subscription from The Paper Princess's on line store. The Paper Princess offers to send out goodies to your door step once a month for three or six months depending on your subscription.  You can also make a purchase from one of their many Vintage Inspired goods from their Etsy shop!


Indulge Your Paper Addiction!


Vintage Body Spa, LLC


 



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April 19, 2007

Shop Indie - Brooke Medlin

When I first laid eyes on this Etsy shop I knew I had to share it. My love for vintage style plays a huge role on my love for Brooke's jewelry, but the amazing metal work and combinations create a whole new addiction.

Gemmafactrixcuff_6 Among my favorites in her line is this custom special order Cloudcover Cuff ($152.00). As stated in her description the cloudcover cuff is hand cut to bring out the silhouette of a cloud among the edges of the piece.










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If the cuff wasn't enough to "wow" you, the Amoeba Earrings($30.00) are absolutly beautiful to look at.The hand drawn design was created by Brooke, then permanetly etched and sealed to preserve the beautiful texture and finish of the earrings.







 

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Last but not least is her Frida Earrings ($27.00). The shiny red vintage pod beads compliment the matte finish of the flared brass stampings, as the beautiful patina creates a perfect color combination.

The handmade craftsmanship in metal work is fascinating in the world of jewelry. You can find Brooke's shop gemmafactrix on Etsy as well as view her gallery at her online website.

Gabreial Wyatt
Vintage Body Spa, LLC


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April 04, 2007

Shop Indie - The Art of Filigree

In an ancient process called filigree thought to be first practiced by the Greeks, brings you a unique and extraordinary jeweled art form. This art has been interpreted in many different ways throughout time from the Etruscans to the Egyptians to the Irish and from many more civilizations and time periods.

Indie artist Jody McGill brings your her version of this Nouveau art form using antique tooled and rare vintage brass finery.
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Each beautiful jewel whether glass or gemstone is hand finished by her meticulous process. Please stop by her shop 1ofmykind and view her profile  for her amazing story of how she came to fashion such beautiful jewelry for the modern goddess.1ofmykindgreen_3








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March 31, 2007

Shop Indie - Spring Seedlings

After my oldest son came home with his little Lima beans planted snugly in their cup. We learned a lot about growing a plant in just a short week. Before each breakfast we stopped to observe and talk about what we had noticed differently after each day had passed. We discussed the importance of proper sunlight, watering and caring for your seedlings . Needless to say his beans were doing amazing and my fresh cilantro was on it's last leg. I'm determined to grow fresh healthy cilantro one of these days!

In just one week his plant has a quite large leaf and is ready to be planted in a larger container. It was so awesome seeing the excitement in his face when his plant grew. It also reminded me that spring is here and it's time to start thinking about our vegetable garden. What a better way to teach a young one or find joy in growing your own plants than from one of these great Indie Shops.

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Etsy Shop lizardpress has Notes to Grow On vintage letter-pressed art cards. Each card includes herb seeds accompanied by letterpress to complete this sweet little gift.




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If you are looking for something larger to grow in your vegitable garden or looking for a perfect gift for the gardner in your life. Stop by Etsy shop gailsgarden where she offers decorative seedling packets of parsnips, arugila & chervil. Pictured Right (Parsnip Seed Packet)



~Vintage Body Spa

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March 29, 2007

Shop Indie - Spring Reading

Good afternoon!

Spring is here and for some of you that means you are finishing up that long winters book you've been reading bundled up by the fire. If you are like me you are making your way to pick up the latest read for spring picnics.  Spring is also the first sign of grilling season which I absolutely adore. I truck my boys to our local library to check out some of the latest prints in cookbooks.  I have also been giving a lot of my attention to some books by Author, Joyce Meyer. I've found that reading is not only relaxing, but it also helps restore some of those brain cells that were sucked out during locked in months with the kiddos.

With that said this weeks Shop Indie find is a collection of must have accessories for your books. I stumbled upon these beautiful handmade Vintage Style Flower Bookmarks.Ericalev  More like artwork for your books, you simply lay the attached string in between pages to hold your spot. I think they would also be a luxurious adornment to a gift or as shop owner Erica mentions tie around a wine bottle to give away at your next dinner party. Ericalev2

Simply beautiful, stop by shop Ericalev to purchase one of these available in many different colors and textures.

 

Take time out to Indulge In Life this spring. Crack open a good book, relax in the great outdoors and breath in some fresh air.

Enjoy,

Vintage Body Spa 

Win Free Products - Nole Style & Beauty

Check out the March issue of Nole Style & Beauty Indulgence Newsletter, play the word Scramble and follow the directions to win an 8oz Butter Beans Jar & a Suga' Lips Sheer Lip Balm.  See Rules for deadline.

~Vintage Body Spa

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March 15, 2007

Indulge Your Home/ Handmade Ceramics

I'm so delighted to bring you this morning a new found love for handmade ceramics. My first feature is JSCeramics.

Jsceramicspots_3 Etsy shop owner  Jim Swierupski brings you functional, yet decorative pieces to the ceramic world. With rich earthy tones that are soothing to the soul, you are sure to find a piece that compliments any decor. My first handmade ceramics purchase is (pictured above). I couldn't resist the deep lake blues in the larger pot that compliment the more neutral beige and browns in this set. They make a beautiful accent to my stone mantelpiece.

To Shop Now Visit:
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The next artist I would like to introduce you to is Kim Westad. Kim started her career as a graphic designer and found herself with a new love after taking a pottery class. After one look at her ceramics it's easy to see the love that is poured in to each one of them. Each hand-crafted piece draws you closer with it's own unique details, whether it's a splash of color or a unique assembly of linesPodvasekimwestadKimwestadbowl

To Shop Now Visit:

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Kim Westad's Direct Website

 

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We encourage you to Indulge your home with one of these special piece of art.

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February 23, 2007

Etsy: A working Community of Artists

A news story featuring Etsy artists & a front page screen shot was featured on a CBS news program yesterday. Included in that shot was our very own Suga' Lips™ Sheer Lip Balm!

Etsy a community of sellers who's products are only handmade is a great one stop shopping place for just about anything you need. Vintage Body Spa™ also maintains an Etsy shop in tandem with our online store front. Although we would never abandon our own online store we are proud to be apart of this wonderful handmade community. Check out the links below for the news video & a direct link to the treasury page that was featured!

Treasury List from the feature

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February 20, 2007

Outreach - Auntie Tam

We would like to send a sincere thank you to AuntieTam.com Owner Tami was kind enough to send our outreach program some "cool stuff for cool kids".

Included in her generous package was an array of cotton handmade items including a security blanket which is among our favorites. Each blanket is created from a fun soft fabric adorned by many ribbons, that provide  visual and tactile stimulation. Please stop by one of Auntie Tam's Shops and show her your appreciation for helping out our community.
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February 09, 2007

Pamper Your Face

Looking for a new way to pamper you face after you've pampered yourself in Vintage Body Spa bath and body products? Check out J. Lynne Cosmetics. Jessica Lynne Miller creator and owner of this natural cosmetics line has been apart of the indie community for three years & to celebrate they are hosting a 3 year anniversary sweepstakes.

January 26, 2007

Simply June

In continuing with our new Shop Indie feature we bring you Simply June. When I stumbled upon this website I was amazed by how simple it actually was. The site is clean, crisp, soothing to the eyes and draws you in for a closer look with beautiful photographs.

At simply June you will find a wide range of handmade specialties from Flapper Cloches to Dishtowels to Petticoat Note cards.  Among our favorites is their handmade Nataliya Bags. Each bag is sewn by hand in their studio with a wide range of vintage style fabrics to suite any taste. Stop by Simply June for simple handmade elegance.

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January 18, 2007

sillyduckie paperworks

If you know me at all, you know that I love quality handmade paper items. From cards to stationary to journals and notebooks you will find a plethora of these paper goodies throughout my home. Among my favorites are greeting cards from sillyduckie paperworks. Etsy shop owner and designer Yoko takes handmade quality to another level. Her handmade greetings are brought to life with an array of colors, styles & embellishments. Looking for a custom announcements, invitations, or personal greeting cards? Contact sillyduckie paperworks for outstanding customer service  for a personal style that's right for you. Add gift services to your next Vintage Body Spa order and you just might find one of these fantastic cards with your order.

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